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Naming Storms [Feb. 8th, 2016|05:17 pm]
Tony Grist
It feels a bit twee to be giving human names to storms. On the whole I'd rather we didn't. The Met Office says it aids communication if every storm is given an officially sanctioned name because otherwise local people give them local names and people in Cornwall may not realise they're're talking about the same event as people on Barra. Yes, well, that's a danger we obviously need to avoid. Me, I just think they're conforming to American practice because they think it's cool

The naming of storms started last November with Abigail- and we're currently being battered by Imogen. Names have associations. Abigail, Barney, Clodagh, Desmond, Eva, Frank, Gertrude and Henry didn't do much for me but every time I hear Imogen I think, "Fear no more the heat of the sun, nor the furious winter's rages" which is nice- and even vaguely applicable. Next up is Jake...
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2016-02-08 05:41 pm (UTC)
Didn't Jake had the extra leg?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-02-08 07:32 pm (UTC)
He did indeed. A fact that was brought to our attention by Rolf Harris.
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[User Picture]From: splodgenoodles
2016-02-09 01:08 am (UTC)
It was only recently that I learnt how rude that song was.
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[User Picture]From: haikujaguar
2016-02-08 06:12 pm (UTC)
If you all were going to be twee about it anyway, I don't know why you wouldn't have gone with names of historical figures! Think of the associations with Storm Cromwell!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-02-08 07:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, that could have been fun.

According to the site I got my facts from for this post the guy who started the trend for naming storms- way back in the 19th century- used to call them after politicians he didn't like.

Edited at 2016-02-08 07:38 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2016-02-08 07:06 pm (UTC)
I hear that the storm we called Gertrude, the Norwegians named THOR!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-02-08 07:35 pm (UTC)
Now that's an excellent name for a storm.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2016-02-08 07:22 pm (UTC)
The Weather Channel began naming winter storms here last year I totally refuse to give in to such foolishness. And NPR doesn't either, so never mind calling it an American practice. We are not the repository of all things stupid...just most of it, to be sure.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-02-08 07:37 pm (UTC)
The first guy to name a storm (way back in 1887) was called Wragge- and he was Australian.
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[User Picture]From: splodgenoodles
2016-02-09 01:10 am (UTC)
We name our cyclones, it's ace.

You only have to say "Tracey" to anyone over 45 and they know exactly what you mean.

The big change was a few years back when they stopped using only female names.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-02-09 02:46 pm (UTC)
I can see it's easier to remember than "cyclone of '74.
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From: cmcmck
2016-02-09 12:11 pm (UTC)
I just wish they'd stop it already- twee is the right word!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-02-09 02:47 pm (UTC)
But they won't, will they? We're stuck with it now.
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